The council recently approved Mayor Robert Garcia’s appointment of Neal, who represented the city’s Northside from 2010 to 2014. He was also a member of the Long Beach Transit board, the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network board and chairman of the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee. He co-founded the Economic and Policy Impact Center, established to bolster economic opportunity for working families.
Neal, who will serve a six-year term through June 2025, takes over for Commissioner Lori Ann Guzmán, who announced that she would step down to focus on her new role as city manager of Costa Mesa.
Neal’s first meeting as a harbor commissioner is set Aug. 26.